United and Mesa Plan Purchase of 100 Electric Aircraft Each for Short Trips

By Kurt Stolz on 13 July 2021
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United Airlines and Mesa Airlines announced Tuesday that they would each purchase 100 ES-19 electric aircraft.

The deal with Heart Aerospace, a Swedish company, also involves undisclosed investments by United’s venture arm as well as by Mesa.

The ES-19 is a nineteen-seat aircraft that is expected to be available in 2026.  Each airline has agreed to purchase 100 of them provided the final product meets the airlines’ specifications.

Because they are limited in range due to the size and weight of their batteries, electric planes can only fly shorter trips, with a range of 250 miles (402 kilometers).  United said that there are over 100 routes in its network where the ES-19 could operate, including short hops from Modesto, California to San Francisco or Purdue University Airport in Indiana to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

The move comes several months after the two airlines announced plans to purchase 200 flying taxis from Archer, an electric aircraft startup.   That deal is worth $1 billion according to Archer.   United also recently announced plans to purchase 15 supersonic jets currently under development by Boom Technology.

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